I have to accuse P. Mitchell Prothero of being a little D.C.-centric in his review of Skull Kontrol (“Don’t Blink Your Ears,” 9/3). You mention all the D.C. bands the members came from but fail to mention any of the out-of-town bands Brooks Headly belonged to. Headly was in two of the most influential punk bands of the ’90s. Born Against (New York, then Richmond) was the closest thing we had to a second coming of the Dead Kennedys. Universal Order of Armageddon (Annapolis/Baltimore) was indescribably amazing. Both bands are worth mentioning alongside locals Circus Lupus, Monorchid, and Delta 72.
Also, what’s the deal with Young and Hungry? Shouldn’t the Howard Lyman story (“Too Much at Steak,” 9/3) have been a book review? And what was Brett Anderson thinking when he ordered a beef taco in front of a vegan activist he was doing a story on? Is it the reporter’s goal to offend his subject? Or perhaps it’s just the standard omnivore game of taunting the vegan with what the omnivore (and even the nonvegan vegetarian) perceives that the vegan is missing. Most vegans are sick of these little games and just want to eat our meals. However, if you do want a vegan food critic, I am available.